Date
21 September 2017
Pop group My Little Airport says there has been regulatory issues over a planned Guangzhou concert which has now been scrapped. Photo: Facebook
Pop group My Little Airport says there has been regulatory issues over a planned Guangzhou concert which has now been scrapped. Photo: Facebook

Pro-democracy HK pop band scraps Guangzhou concert

A Hong Kong band linked to the pro-democracy protest has canceled a performance scheduled for next month in Guangzhou, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported Wednesday.

Pop group My Little Airport announced the move after it encountered “issues in obtaining a permit from mainland authorities”.

Managers of the concert venue are in talks with regulators and an official announcement will be made, the report said.

Meanwhile, ticket holders will receive a refund.

The band has been active on social media in support of the protest movement.

An image of a lone girl facing down a phalanx of 30 riot policemen inspired the protest song Sleeping Together At Connaught Road Central written by the group.

Some pro-democracy Hong Kong artists including movie stars have been blacklisted by Beijing, according to reports.

The purported blacklist emerged after state news agency Xinhua accused some performance artists of making piles of money in China while insulting the motherland.

Pop singer Gloria Tang, better known as G.E.M., who is reportedly on the list, said at a recent concert in Nanjing that she “loves Hong Kong and China” and has done nothing against China.

Last week, she said she had not experienced any difficulties getting a mainland concert license.

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